Flying 4 Star 60: A Summary

Time got away from me and I never blogged during the summer about my flying.  It was a very busy summer.  I got out flying ass much as I could and loved it as usual!  Missed some flying time during the summer as my girlfriend (at the time) and I went to Ottawa for a visit to take in the sites and got engaged (technically while in Gatineau)! P.S. what a beautiful city!

Basically my time went from learning the basics of taking off and landing with a taildragger, going through the same basic circuits as I did when learning to fly with my 4 Star 60, to advancing to doing loops and rolls in various combinations.

One thing to remember, which I’ve been keeping in the back of my mind for the upcoming season is to use my rudder a lot more.  This includes for aligning the aircraft on takeoffs and landings as well as when making turns using the rudder to prevent the tail from ‘sagging’.

I had some mishaps, most just coming in a little to hot and hitting the tall grass along the edge of the runway.    Need to ensure I am flaring my landings to aid in slowing the aircraft down.  My worst mishap was when I ran out of fuel in the air and couldn’t make the runway, thus crashing into the tall grass/weeds down the hill on the North side of the runway.  The worst part of the damage was breaking the leading edge of one wing which needed to be repaired and recovered before flying again.

I am looking forward to getting out flying again once this nasty cold weather is behind us.  I will start with my Sig Kadet LT40 to get back into the groove of things before bringing out my 4 Star 60 again.  In the meantime I have finally been able to start another build, a float plane this time, so more to come on that.  Been a crazy winter with getting married in December and getting settled into my (uh-um, our) new normal as I am very much a creature of habit, lol.

 

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